Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’

Family: Adoxaceae

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ is a deciduous shrub with an upright habit.  Plants can be lightly trimmed to create a pyramid shape with horizontal tiered layers; rather similar in appearance to a traditional wedding cake.

In April, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ produces rather glamorous lacecap flowers from the top to the bottom of the shrub.  The blooms are a pure, soft white when young, blushing with apple-blossom pink, as they age.  Masses of deep, red berries follow after the flowers fade in summertime.  Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ berries turn from red to glossy black as they ripen.  Once the berries have disappeared, in late summer, a second, lighter flush of flowering can be enjoyed.  As autumn approaches, the foliage turns warm shades of fiery orange, red, and gold.

Plant Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ in any moist but well-drained soil, in an area that enjoys partial shade or full on sunshine.  This hardy, deciduous shrub will eventually reach a height of around 3m (10ft) tall; these plants will spread to cover an area around 2m (6.5ft) wide, depending of course on your plant’s soil, situation, and growing conditions.

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